Sneak Peek – Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Mini Treat Bag Money enclosureWhat do you do when you want to play with your new toys from your preorder but have to stay focused on Christmas? You find a way to use them for Christmas presents! These Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies are in the new Occasions catalog and you can buy them beginning Jan 6.

But you don’t have to use the dies just for treats. I created a money enclosure using the dies. You pull up on the ribbon to remove a little card with money tucked in it. These are so much fun and so simple to make! I used Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper (135821), the Merry Everything stamp set (wood – 135068, clear – 135071), the Note Tag Punch (135860) and the Deco Labels Collection Framelits (130102) to make this project. What is even better is that the Merry Everything stamp set and the Note Tag Punch are in a bundle for 15% off!

Click on the images below for more information and to order these supplies. It is getting close to Christmas, but if you order these now before the end of the Holiday catalog sales period, you will have them ready for next Christmas creating.

Today is also a Terrific Tuesday so here are the new Weekly Deals:
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Butterflies Thinlits and Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper

Handstamped Thank You Card using the new Butterflies Thinlits Dies and Painted Blooms Designer Series PaperI should be stamping the rest of my Christmas cards but just couldn’t help giving you a sneak peak of a couple of the new delights to be found in the upcoming Occasions catalog. I used the new butterflies thinlits dies and the very lovely Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper. You will be able to order these when the catalog goes live January 6. If you host a workshop, you can earn not only and extra $25 of hostess dollars but also earn free Sale-a-bration product. Schedule your January and February workshops now while I have space on my calendar. If you don’t want to do clean your house and have friends over, you can host a catalog party. Your friends can view the catalog in my online store and place their orders online using a hostess code. Their orders are shipped directly to them and their purchase is included in your party total.

Happy 12-13-14 Day!

In honor of this remarkable day, I am doing a post of 12 cards I have shared this past year, 13 little tips, and 14 stamping tools to help your creativity.

12 Cards

I couldn’t figure out how to share 12 thumbprints of cards with links to the full size without taking up a lot of space. Instead, I created this scrapbook page with MDS. I went back through my posts this year and chose a card I had posted from each month. Here is the page.

Digital scrapbook page featuring 12 cards I have shared in 2014

13 Stamping Tips

  1. Store your cardstock scraps in our 6″ x 8″ cello bags, one bag for each color. Write the color on the front with a marker and store the scraps in the same place you store the full-size cardstock. If the scrap is too big for the bag, trim it down to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ for a card base.
  2. When tying a ribbon around a card front, place a glue dot on the card where the knot will be. Tie the first part of the knot and push it onto the glue dot. This will keep the knot tight while you tie the rest of the bow.
  3. When cutting out cardstock with finely detailed thinlits, place either waxed paper between the cardstock and the die or put about 6 layers of used dryer sheets between the cardstock and the die. This will help you get the cardstock out.
  4. When removing a cap off a Blendabilities, especially the brush end, hold the marker away from your work. This will help prevent splatters on your work. I learned this the hard way. :P
  5. Be sure to store all markers horizontally so the ink doesn’t run to one end.
  6. Roll baker’s twine around the core of an empty ribbon spool that is no wider then 5/8″ and store in an empty embellishment container.
  7. Place a sheet of magnetic material in the lid of a stamp box and store the coordinating framelits/thinlits in with the stamp set.
  8. When you purchase a stamp set, write the name of the catalog it appears in, the date you bought it, and the purchase price on the cover. This will help if you decide to sell the set leter.
  9. Seal your wood blocks with varathane before mounting the stamp. This helps prevent the wood staining.
  10. Put a couple of glue dots on your clear mount stamps to help them stay on the blocks.
  11. When cleaning clear mount stamps, twist them on the cleaning pad instead of scrubbing them back and forth. The scrubbing back and forth breaks the static cling seal.
  12. Always stamp an image first then cut it out with a punch or die. This eliminates worrying about stamping it straight. Whenever possible stamp greetings on a separate layer and punch them out instead of directly on the card base for the same reason.
  13. When you fold a card base in half and the two sides are slightly off, just trim the edges a little.

14 Tools to Make Stamping Creativity Easier

  1. Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439) – There is so much you can do with this machine. When Stampin’ Up! first started selling them, I wasn’t sure I would get much use from the Big Shot because I thought it was strictly for scrapbooking. I rarely do traditional scrapbooking. However, I soon learned of all the possibilities of the Big Shot for card making.
  2. Embossing folders – I love dry embossing and did some using a stylus and light box (but usually against a window). This was a rather tedious process. With embossing folders a quick turn through the Big Shot and you have a wonderful dry embossed card front.
  3. Dies, thinlits and framelits – Oh my goodness how much these reduce ‘fussy cutting’! And now more and more stamp sets have matching thinlits. Yay!
  4. Simply Scored (122334)- This scoring tool is great when you have to score a lot of card bases or want perfectly parallel lines.
  5. Gift Box Punch Board (135863) – What an easy way to make gift boxes from cardstock or designer series paper. You can make a variety of sizes, the largest being a 4″ cube, in a matter of minutes. No adhesive is needed. I am able to get a knitted stocking cap into the 4″ cube box.
  6. Transfer Adhesive Sheets (133722) – These sheets are especially perfect for adhering detailed die-cuts to your work. You lift up the top covering, place your die cut onto the sticky surface which is a layer of very tiny adhesive dots, Replace the cover, and rub well. Then you can peel off the die cut. The adhesive is on the back. These transfer sheets can be used repeatedly as only the adhesive dots actually used by the die cut are removed.
  7. Adhesive Remover (103684) – This eraser-like piece of rubber removes adhesive that ends up in the wrong place.
  8. Dental floss – Dental floss on a stamping table??? Yes! You have just put down a layer of cardstock using SNAIL adhesive and discover that it isn’t as straight as you thought it was. Instead of using your fingers to lift the layer, slide floss under the layer and neatly pull it down to break the adhesive seal without ruining your layers.
  9. Reinkers – Reinkers are not just for reinking your stamp pads. They can be used to die ribbons, color glimmer paper, color the Simply Pressed Clay, and are used in a variety of thechniques.
  10. Embossing Buddy (103083) – The embossing buddy is essential to keep stray grains of embossing powder at bay but can be also used to reduce stickiness when Snail adhesive sneaks over the edge of ribbons when you use SNAIL to adhere your ribbon.
  11. Heat & Stick Powder (100625) – This powder works like embossing powder but stays sticky on the surface so you can adhere glitter to a stamped image.
  12. MDS (130646) – MDS is Stampin’ Up’s digital design program. With this program, you can create cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D items without having to haul out stamps, paper, and inks. You can email the card directly to the recipient or print it out to mail. The images and paper downloads do not retire so they are always available for your use. If you like only certain designs of a designer series paper, you can print out multiple copies of that pattern and not be having to order several packages of a dsp just to get enough of the design you like. The thing I like most about MDS is that there is not clean up when you have to stop creating. You just save your project and close down your computer. :o)
  13. Silicone Craft Sheet (127853) – This 6″ x 6″ Silicone Craft sheet is a must if you are working with hot glue but also is great when you are running SNAIL along the back of a ribbon to adhere it to your project. The SNAIL that hangs over the narrow ribbon is easily rubbed off the craft sheet. The size of the craft sheet is perfect for the limited space most stampers have on their stamping space.
  14. Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199) – Maybe you aren’t into paper piercing on your projects but this mat is a necessity when stamping with the new photopolymer stamps. It provides the cushioning needed for good images with the photopolymer stamps that don’t have foam cushions.

There you have it! I’m sure you could add to both my tip list and my great tools list. I’d love to hear any additions you can think of. Post them in a comment below.

 

 

Pretty Packages – Endless Wishes

Handstamped gift wrap using Endless Wishes stamp setWhen you are a stamper, you have the ability to create beautiful packages with just some stamps, ink, and common brown wrapping paper. I used the Endless Wishes (photopolymer – 136829) and Letterpress Winter (photopolymer – 135143) snowflakes to stamp on the paper with shades of blue and white ink. I also stamped on one of the Extra Large Gift Boxes (132147) which is 6″ x 6″ x 4 3/8″..

I love making boxes using the Gift Box Punch Board (135863). I have been knitting hats for birthday and Christmas presents and the 4″ x 4″ x 4″ box is large enough to hold one of these hats. I used Old Olive 12″ x 12″ cardstock for the box and embellished it with 3 1/2″ squares of the tree design of the All is Calm Specialty designer series paper. Retired Old Olive and White satin ribbon hold the packages shut.

Our family decided to make this Christmas a handmade Christmas and these wrappings fit the theme perfectly! Having fun using my creativity is an added bonus.

Click on the images below to see more details and to order the supplies I used.

 

It’s Like Christmas!

Today is an exciting day because my preorder for the Sale-A-Bration brochure and the Occasions Catalog arrived! It is almost like Christmas each time the UPS man in brown delivers a box like this to my door step.

Stampin' Up! shipping boxWant to see what is in it?

Inside of SU Box showing my preorderJust look at all the goodies I have to share with you during Sale-a-Bration and the Occasions Catalog period! This is just a sampling of all the exciting new stamps, papers, and accessories to be found in these catalogs.

Stampin' Up! product preordered from the Sale-a-Bration and Occasions catalogsWouldn’t you like to be able to preorder from upcoming catalogs and be the first to see the new products? Wouldn’t you like to get the ‘It’s Like Christmas’ excitement when a brown Stampin’ Up! box arrives at your door step?

Well, you can! Start your own papercrafting business as a member of my team of demonstrators. Here’s some of the benefits for you if you do

  • You get to work your business as much or as little as you want
  • You enjoy the excitement of creativity each time you share projects with your friends, family, and new acquaintances
  • You can earn as much or as little as you need depending on how much time you spend on your business
  • You develop lifetime friends who share the passion of creativity through papercrafting
  • You receive support and training from me, the Stampin’ Up! home office, and other friendly demonstrators who are eager to share

Contact me or visit my online website for more information and let’s get you started with your own business!

 

Terrific Tuesday – Home for the Holidays

Digital Christmas Card featuring Home for the Holidays EnsembleHome for the Holidays Ensemble digital download¬† (128885) is one of this week’s Weekly Deals. I created this digital Christmas card so you could see one of the great stamp brushes in this ensemble. Click the link to see what all is included in the download. All I did for this card is to add a square punch resized to 4″ x 5 1/4″, fill it with Very Vanilla Textured card stock, and added the stamp. I added a basic rhinestone recolored with Daffodil Delight to the top of the tree and a Timeless Taffeta Trimmings Real Red bow recolored with Cherry Cobbler. The background is red Glimmer Designer Series Paper (132917).

This card was quick to make and all I need to do is print it out and send it. To make it a hybrid card, I would leave off the rhinestone and bow. After I printed it,, I would trim off the glimmer part and mount the remaining layer on a piece of 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ red glimmer paper. Then mount it on a Very Vanilla card base.

Check out the rest of the Weekly Deals by clicking on the photo:

Weekly Deals for 12-9-14

While you are visiting my online store, take time to look at the Year End Closeouts. The items are up to 80% off and some of the items have already sold out.

Terrific Tuesday – All is Calm DSP

 

Digital Christmas Card created with All is Calm DSP and Endless Wishes stamp setSupplies: MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910); All is Calm Kit (138132), Stamps – Endless Wishes stamp brush set (136559), Color Me Christmas Designer Template (132181); Punch – Get It Done Kit (129924) – Punch 1 filled with Silver Glimmer Designer Series Paper (132917)

There is so much that makes this a Terrific Tuesday! First we have new downloads for MDS and I am so excited that my favorite All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Papers are now in digital form! Whoop, whoop! Now I can print out this paper whenever I need it. Check out the new downloads and order the ones you need by clicking on the images below.

One Day Left!

Online Extravaganza BannerThis is your last chance! This extravaganza ends tomorrow night. Check it out Online_Extravaganza_Products_US-8 and order those things you need before the last minute. Today’s Blendabilities bundle door buster sold out in 1 hour and there may be other things, particularly bundles, that have sold out.

Don’t forget my Soggy Stamper specials which are only good through tomorrow as well.

Soggy Stamper Black Week Specials

FREE shipping!
You must email me your order so I can place it for you to give you free shipping. I will accept payment by PayPal, credit card, or check if you are local.

$25 Gift Certificate for $20
No limit of quantity and can be used for both product and classes.



These Soggy Stamper specials are offered only by me and the gift certificates can only be redeemed through me.

Save Money by Starting Your Own Business

Starter kit promo bannerHave you been thinking of starting your own business? Do you want a way to increase your income to pay for piano lessons, a new car, or just extra spending money? Then take action now! Start your own paper crafting business by joining my team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators while you can save on the starter kit. There are only a few more days left to purchase the starter kit for only $75. You get to customize your starter kit with $125 worth of stamping product for…yep, only $75! But you have to act now because this sale ends Dec 2nd.

You win in so many ways by taking advantage of this special.

  • You earn as much extra income as you want
  • You determine how many hours you work in a week because you are the boss
  • Your work schedule can dovetail with your family’s schedule
  • You get great support from me and Stampin’ Up! as you build your business
  • And….by signing up by Dec 2, you will get 5% cash back on all your sales during the month of December! What?!? This has not been offered before! Just imagine receiving an extra 5% cash back the last day of December. This is on top of receiving a 30% discount on your first order as a demonstrator.

Click here for more information and to join. Contact me if you have questions.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Card using Holiday Home and White Christmas Stamp Sets

Supplies: Stamp sets – Holiday Home (photopolymer – 135095, bundle – 137631), White Christmas (photopolymer – 135767), Teeny Tiny Wishes (wood – 128748, clear – 127802); Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies (135857, bundle – 137631); Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake Blendabilities

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are able to spend the day with family and friends. I have lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, particularly all the blessings God continues to bestow on us, and especially YOU my faithful readers and customers.

I hope you will take the whole day to relax and enjoy each others’ company and reflect on all the blessings we enjoy living in this great country. Hopefully you will wait until tomorrow to hit the Black Friday sales.

Speaking of Black Friday sales, let me remind you of Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza that is going on through Dec 2. Click this link to download a pdf listing all the items that are on sale. Online_Extravaganza_Products_US-8¬† Notice that all 12 colors of Blendabilities will be on sale as a bundle on Monday as a one-day-only door buster. If you have been waiting to get these, now is the time! I love my Blendabilities for coloring in images. I love them first because the color is more transparent so the shading lines of an image show through. I love them secondly because each color comes in a set of light, medium, and dark shades which blend together so easily!

To sweeten the deal, I am adding a couple of Soggy Stamper offers:

Soggy Stamper Black Week Specials

FREE shipping!
You must email me your order so I can place it for you to give you free shipping. I will accept payment by PayPal, credit card, or check if you are local.

$25 Gift Certificate for $20
No limit of quantity and can be used for both product and classes.



These Soggy Stamper specials are offered only by me and the gift certificates can only be redeemed through me.